RED POLE RISING
by Ian Weir
Red Pole Rising is a darkly comic vision of a world where money trumps everything, even friendship. Except, maybe, in the mind of a crazy man.
'Colin was always insane,' Patrick tells us. 'Mainly this was a good thing.' It's good because Colin and Patrick -- both 27, and best friends from boyhood -- are gangsters. Colin is the shot-caller, and Patrick is his right-hand man, in a West Coast crew called Take No Prisoners. TNP specialises in the drug trade, mostly distribution.
They've carved out their niche and their turf (the suburbs of a suburban city near Vancouver, BC), and a big part of their success is down to Colin, because nobody wants to mess with a crazy man. Now they're on their way to confront the truly dangerous Bobby Berdoo, whose product they often distribute, who has accused them of ripping him off for three kilos of cocaine. And as they hustle down the highway, Colin announces that he was Chinese in a past life, that he is a reincarnated Shaolin monk.
Red Pole Rising was the CBC's contribution to Airplay's series Worldplay.
Red Pole Rising
Worldplay, Worldplay Episode 3 of 6
The 2010 Worldplay season is an annual collection of plays from broadcasters around the world, all based on one theme.
This year’s theme is money and the plays have been made by BBC World Service and broadcasters in Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada and Ireland.
Set in the multicultural world of urban gangsters, this fast-paced, dark comedy starts with the words, "It's not about the money." But, of course, it is.
Ian Weir is a writer of stage, television - and radio and is currently launching his first novel in London.